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4 Reasons To Stay for the Relaxation of Savasana

Your outlook on life changes when your body and mind are in a relaxed state. Savasana can have restorative benefits, helping rejuvenate both the body and mind. It’s the time we spend focused on nothing, but honoring our bodies and quieting our minds that connects us to ourselves. 

Your outlook on life changes when your body and mind are in a relaxed state. Savasana can have restorative benefits, helping rejuvenate both the body and mind. It's the time we spend focused on nothing, but honoring our bodies and quieting our minds that connects us to ourselves. Click through to http://jillconyers.com to find out why you should stay for Savasana. Pin it now to read later.

Lying on the back, arms and legs are spread at 45 degrees, the eyes are shut and the breathe is long and deep.  The entire body is relaxed into the ground, releasing tension in any area of the body. In yoga, that’s Savasana or Corpse Pose.

Savasana (shah-VAH-sah-nah) is the final resting pose at the end of almost every yoga practice. Complete stillness in mind and body is the goal of Savasana, which, for many, make this the easiest pose physically and the most challenging pose mentally.

Years ago when I tried yoga for the first time Savasana was a challenge. Focused on what’s left in the day and my to-do list, I was always tempted to skip out of class early. I didn’t get it. I didn’t see the benefit of lying there doing nothing. I was doing myself a disservice on and off the mat.

Skipping Savasana reached far beyond my yoga mat. My mind was constantly racing. I’d plan my next step while taking my current. I was a master multitasker who thrived on checking off a to-do list.

How times have changed. Now, I never miss Savasana when I practice and when I teach it’s a priority. It’s giving myself permission to stop and smell the flowers instead of rushing by and not even noticing the flowers exist.

For many it isn’t easy to embrace stillness and to not be in a constant state of “doing” all the time. In our on-the-go mentality, we can miss so much of this beautiful life. It’s the time of rest that allows us to witness how truly amazing life is. The time we spend focused on nothing, but honoring our bodies and quieting our minds that connect us to ourselves.

Why should you stay for Savasana?

It Settles and Calms Your Mind

This posture brings a deep, meditative state of rest giving you a few moments in your day to completely quiet your thoughts and let go.

It Gives Your Body a Chance to Return to Normal

This posture leaves you in a state of comfort and rejuvenation. It is the perfect way to end a yoga session.

It Helps You Reap the Benefits of Your Practice

After a series of postures or even between postures your bodily functions and systems (like your immune and digestive system) become stimulated and revitalized. Your body needs that time to process and remember the information it’s gained through each pose.

A Gentle Transition Back To Life

These final, still moments will not only allow you to let go of any tension you worked out during practice, but the feeling of calm will then lead right into a refreshed sense of energy as soon as you’re on to the next phase of the day.

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Pose Guide for a Home Practice:

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

  1. Lie flat on your back, preferably without any props or cushions. Use small pillow below your neck if absolutely required. Close your eyes.
  2. Keep your legs comfortable apart and let your feet and knees relax completely, toes facing to the sides.
  3. Place your arms alongside, yet a little spread apart from your body. Leave your palms open, facing upward.
  4. Taking your attention to different body parts one by one, slowly relax your entire body.
  5. Keep breathing slowly, gently, deeply and allow your breath to relax you more and more. The incoming breath energizes the body while the outgoing breath brings relaxation. Drop all sense of hurry or urgency or any need to attend to anything else. Just be with the body and the breath. Surrender the whole body to the floor and let go.

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You’ve almost come to the end of a 60-minute yoga class. The music softens, the lights dim, and your teacher’s voice lowers. I encourage you to resist the impulse to jump up and rush out the door. View Savasana from a new perspective and explore its gifts  as you continue your yoga journey.

Your outlook on life changes when your body and mind are in a relaxed state. Savasana can have restorative benefits, helping rejuvenate both the body and mind. It's the time we spend focused on nothing, but honoring our bodies and quieting our minds that connects us to ourselves. Click through to http://jillconyers.com to find out why you should stay for Savasana. Pin it now to read later.

I’d love to chat:

Have you ever taken a yoga class? Do you have the urge to dash out the door and skip Savasana? Is Corpse Pose a challenging pose?

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  1. Ahhhh I remember back in my beginner yoga days this would be so hard!!! Now I kinda look forward to this part of class!

  2. I have never tried the Savasana pose before, but it sounds like it’s deeply relaxing. I experience anxiety every now and then, and I have heard how beneficial yoga is for this. I definitely to find more time to do yoga!

  3. My nephew would probably like this, I caught him meditating to stay calm (something he saw on YouTube), and I think this would also help him. I’ve never tried a yoga class before, but my Mom really wants to.

  4. I’ve only taken one yoga class before and that was around 15 years ago. This is the first that I’ve ever heard of Savasana. I don’t know much about yoga. I’m so out of the loop!

  5. It sounds like the best option to relax and just let it all go. I would love to stay here especially after the stressful month that I had. It’s a lovely escape.

  6. I love your list! I always look forward to savasana and if I have time I try to stay even longer in the pose.

  7. Savasana is a favourite pose for me.Sometimes I would be so relaxed that I fell asleep .I saw this post at the Blogger’s pit stop and help hopping here.

  8. oh yes, that final savasana can be tricky sometimes, if you know you have a million things to do. it definitely has taken me a lot of practicing to really improve with that.

  9. I am finally starting to relax and enjoy this part of the practice – and I’m proud of me! Pinned and shared.

  10. christina aliperti says:

    I never have taken a yoga class but I would love to. I think savasana is something some people have to force themselves to do because we feel like we aren’t supposed to just be still.

  11. I really need more yoga in my life. I have felt overwhelmed for so long!

  12. I really miss being able to do yoga. I loved to do it of the mornings. It really helped me get started and moving.

  13. savasana used to be the hardest for me! i’d always rather be working. the more i did yoga, the more i learned to love it and it’s importance. i love it now! so beneficial.

  14. yes yes to all of this! so important to stay for this. i hate it when people get up and leave early as well. disrupts everyone else coming back to reality.

  15. I’ve never tried yoga, but I’ve always wanted to learn. I know it’s very beneficial for the health.

  16. Savasana is and always will be my favorite part of yoga. I love it. It is so relaxing. I can center myself.

  17. I could not agree with you more. In my 20’s and 30’s I was very focused on health and fitness. When I was still having babies, nursing for so many years and eve when my kids were a bit younger – I was still really vigilant with my health and well being. As I near 50- I just don’t have the time any more and it totally shows!

  18. Im not familiar with yoga and its practices, but the savasana sounds like an intregal part of the process.

  19. I love this part! I know it is hard to shut it down but what a treat to myself! You don’t have to tell me twice 🙂

  20. i so need this but i hate it so much. how can you train yourself to get into being SLOWlol

  21. I’m all too familiar with a mind needing to go back to normal. The brain fog can get overwhelming some days, that’s for sure!

  22. I love that part of yoga and it seems to always bring such a great sense of calm. I have done it a lot after workouts. Perfect end after a lot of movement.

  23. Great post. I love to sit and just be still. Corpse pose is my favorite.

  24. Skip savasana?!?! I go FOR the savasana! lol! Actually, as a beginner, that was difficult for me. The whole class was difficult, because I was used to moving and sweating for exercise, so this was a wasted hour. Oh how times….how I have changed! lol! Sometimes I go into class asking if the entire class can be taken in corpse pose!

  25. I finally realized how much different yoga can be when I do it at a time when I won’t be interrupted and can clear my mind, it’s such a different experience and so relaxing for the mind and body. I never thought my body readjusting with my mind.

  26. Although it’s definitely taken awhile, savasana is definitely my favorite yoga pose. I can’t imagine going to a class and leaving before it!

  27. When i first starting doing yoga my mind would always race during savasana but now I can totally unwind – i love it! Very good insight on being mindful in this post!

  28. I struggle with staying mindful no matter what I do and savasana presents a special challenge to me! But I love the idea of a rest period after a strenuous practice!

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